Friday, September 2, 2016

"Branches" featuring Island Batik's "Landscape" Collection

"Branches," 31 x 42, made by Pam Geisel, Aug. 2016

There was an additional collection that the Island Batik Ambassador's received, titled "Landscapes." With the addition of a half yard of a nice, deep, Island Batik black fabric, I made "Branches." I didn't want to use small pieces of them because I was concerned that they wouldn't have the same effect.

I cut the 3.5" x 44" of the blue, green and brown fabrics, and seven 2.5" x 44" strips of the black fabric. I wasn't planning on making it 44" tall but since that's how long the fabric was I decided to just use the whole length.


I laid the strips on my sewing table and they took up so much room I had to move my sewing machine off of it!


I added thin black strips at angles on top of the colored fabrics. I used some fusible bias tape to save time, then I pieced the strips and the colored pieces together.


I used a black batting for the first time and the only tricky part was that it was the same color as the black fabric and sometimes hard to see where the fabric ended and the extra batting began!


I quilted stitch-in-the-ditch with black thread along the black edges and also across the thin black strips (since they were just fused down and not exactly permanently attached). Then I added a faced binding.

I really like the contrast of the colored fabric with the black. I looks like stained glass to me.

As always, you can click on any of the photos to see them larger.


25 comments:

Quilts for Sale said...

Original! Unique! A truly interesting pattern in wonderful colours!


anna brown said...

Very different but i like it.....great idea......tyty for sharing.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Joyce Carter said...

I like this. It is a great way to show off the fabrics and look gorgeous at the same time. Thanks for sharing.

Calicojoan said...

Oh, I do love those landscape fabrics. What a great way to show them off. It reminds me of stained glass work!

LInda Pearl said...

This is a great idea to highlight the fabric with black for branches. Very cool effect!

sally johnson said...

Holy crapoid this is amazing great job...

Vicki H said...

I like the stained glass effect.

Lori Smanski said...

this is very pretty. what a unique and fun idea

Cecilia said...

Great job! I like the way you allowed the fabrics to shine.

JANET said...

I don't know which collection I like more. My mind is so fickle. I see one and love it, then you show me another one and I like that one, and on, and on, etc. They are all so pretty!!!

teachpany said...


Gorgeous. I love the effect. You left it so the stunning colors can be seen, but it's also not just a plain quilt. Perfect.

MoeWest said...

I love the stained glass look of your quilt! It would be beautiful to have a window or a quilt like that in my sewing room.

Quilting Tangent said...

Pretty, like stain glass.

Allison CB said...

Awesome - so cool!!!

Adele Mogavero said...

Pam, another beauty!

Michele T said...

Wow!!! Very impressive!! I wish I had some of your talent!!

OhioLori said...

LOVE this one!! Is sooo cool! Love the stained glass look!! AWESOME!!!!

Seacoast Quilter said...

Really nice landscape fabric. Thanks for sharing.

Deb M said...

Very nice use of the fabric!!

Barb said...

What a way to showcase the Island Batik fabrics...just awesome.

hueisei said...

It looks like stained glass to me too. Stunning!

Kathy E. said...

I immediately thought of stained glass when I saw your photos! The batiks are striking with the black. Great contrast and awesome quilt!

PK Sews said...

What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing it!

minibea12 said...

Lovely quilt! The colors are so pretty!
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Rachell said...

Yes, I thought of stained glass narrow Windows. Very bright and I love the contrast!
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